Dairy Farming To Get Major Boost



Dairy farming is poised for a major boost in the State and ration rice will be door delivered from January. The State Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, stressed the  need for development of Dairy Units and empowering women self-help groups, by providing Rs 1362.22 Crore as loans. The cabinet has also approved door delivery of rice for ration cardholders in the State from January 1 by duly following the measures to curb smuggling and misuse of rice.


Briefing the cabinet decisions, Minister for Agriculture Kurasala Kannababu said that the State has decided to strengthen the dairy sector, and will provide financial assistance to women SHGs by giving loans to  a tune of Rs 1362.22  Crore. In all the 9899 villages which have a production of 500 liters of milk per day, Bulk Milk Cooling Units (BMCU) will be set up. He said that the government is taking this initiative as white revolution and has signed an MoU with Amul for starting their operations in the State. Cabinet gave a nod for the amended Aquaculture Seed Act-2020 and to bring Fish Feed Quality Control Act.


Further, Minister Kannababu announced that the ration rice supply to households would commence from January 1 and a QR code will be printed on each rice bag to prevent any fraud and misuse of rice. He said that the government has decided to utilize 9260 mobile vehicles for  the purpose and 80 percent of the vehicles will be given to SC, ST, BC and Minorities and 20 percent to the EBCs. The State will bear 60 percent of the vehicle cost while 30 percent will be financed through banks and only 10 percent shall be paid by the beneficiary, who can gain ownership of the vehicle in six years. To curb smuggling or misuse, all these vehicles will be equipped with GPS connectivity, which can be tracked to know the real-time delivery status of rice. As part of the environmental safety measures, the rice will be packed in reusable bags.


The Cabinet had agreed to pay Rs 1,050 crore interest-free loans to the farmers which were kept  pending by TDP government. He further stated Rs 510 crore will be deposited into the accounts of 14.58 lakh farmers for the year 2019-20 under the zero-interest loan scheme on November 17. The State is providing compensation for crop loss occurred in the same season and the enumeration for October crop loss will be completed on November 10.


The State Cabinet gave its nod for calling tenders to set up a 10,000 MW solar polar plant, in order to provide  9-hour power supply to farmers. The cabinet also approved Jagananna Thodu scheme, which provides financial assistance to small traders, hawkers and artisans by providing an interest-free loan of Rs 10,000. The scheme will be launched on November 24. Similarly, the cabinet approved the Aarogyasri scheme, which is due for launch in six districts on November 10, he said.

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